Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
There are at least 130,000 medical cannabis patients in Canada that have benefited from the healing nature of cannabis- but what about pets?
Some pet owners have turned to cannabis to treat many of the same issues it has helped humans with such as cancer, seizures, arthritis, anxiety, and chronic pain.
It is worth noting that almost all animals have an endocannabinoid system, including mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, although in invertebrates (such as insects) it has not been conclusively proven and remains controversial. Although keep in mind that while animals have an endocannabinoid system, they can and will react to cannabis differently than humans. Sometimes it can even be toxic.
According to the College of Veterinarians of Ontario…
On May 25th, 2017, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) issued an update that the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) do not apply to animals.
This means it’s currently illegal for veterinarians to prescribe CBD oils for your pet because there is no ‘legal pathway’ to do so since Health Canada has not approved any CBD products for animals. Of course, this lack of a ‘legal pathway’ may only be temporary if manufacturers of CBD oils for animals are able to obtain the necessary approval from Health Canada.
What are some pet owners doing about it?
But this lack of official approval hasn’t stopped some pet owners, and there are already companies offering tinctures and cannabinoid-infused goodies for your furry friends- and they’ve been seeing some amazing things.
We were able to speak to a few of these companies and ask them their thoughts on cannabinoids and canines.
Cheri, from Euphoria Potions and Edibles, makes dog biscuits called Bella’s Bones, saying “ I developed these treats to help my friend’s dog that lives with epilepsy, and now her seizures are shorter in duration and she seems to have a smile on her face and pep in her step”.
She also said that “other owners commented that their dogs slept more soundly and could settle down during a long car ride”.
On potential side effects, Cheri said “they are minimal as long as the pet is not given too much for their size. Like with humans, using the “Start Low and Go Slow” rule is the best to build up tolerance in your pet”.
Tania Jackett, from Liberty Farms, makes dog biscuits called “Love Buds CBD Treats”, and she said “CBD (which is not psychoactive) can be very beneficial for pets with anxiety, arthritis, cancer, digestive issues, seizures, inflammation, pain, and even motion sickness” although she warns “if you give your pet too much CBD they could get a bit of diarrhea so do keep it to a minimum”.